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Going our own way -
the maloja story

When Peter Räuber and Klaus Haas made the decision in 2004 to found their own sports and streetwear brand, they had a vision: To connect work and life. To build a company where values such as respect and fairness play a pivotal role. To link function with style. And, last but not least, to go their own way.

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HEMP. NATURAL DIVERSE FUNCTIONAL NO II

Hemp is one of the oldest utilitarian crops in the world. Its fibres were used to make ropes and sails for Columbus, paper for Gutenberg’s Bible and clothing for humans long before we even had calendars. After the 1950s, hemp sort of slipped into obscurity, but interest has grown steadily in recent years because there is virtually no other natural material that has such a positive ecological balance while still providing such outstanding functional qualities.

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HEMP. NATURAL DIVERSE FUNCTIONAL NO I

Hemp is one of the oldest utilitarian crops in the world. Its fibres were used to make ropes and sails for Columbus, paper for Gutenberg’s Bible and clothing for humans long before we even had calendars.

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Close the loop

When we hear the word “down” we often think of grandma’s duvet: cuddly, warm, cosy, but sometimes we think of it as a bit too heavy.

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Dialas - Winter 2019/20

From Dialas, to Ganes, to Salige, myths and fables about “Wild Women” are rife throughout the Alps. They live along lakes and rivers, in meadows and forests, in caves and on cliffs, on glaciers and along exposed ridges. They are almost like nature’s good spirits. They protect animals and plants. They help people and offer their wisdom.

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A Home for everyone

When Mikela Endl first stood before the Gjaid Alm cabin ten years ago, she knew this place was special. Since 2015, she has hosted people at the cabin together with her husband Patrick in her own special way.

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Freedom, Warmth & Breathability

To help maintain good circulation in the upper body, a jacket needs to be well insulated. At the same time, many active sports require a lot of freedom of movement through the arm and shoulder areas, and our hybrid jackets provide you with both. In the chest and shoulder, the thermo-regulating PrimaLoft® insulation protect you from the cold, and in the arms and waist area the stretch fleece made of recycled polyester provides you with the elasticity you need.

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Tech Treasures

When our head of production Sven Köhler comes out of the cellar with a new fabric sample in his hand and a huge grin on his face, we can pretty much assume that he’s found another gem. Indeed, those high-end technical materials that bring us one step forward in our development of functional clothing really are “gems”.

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One Track Mind

We have a long-standing friendship with Christian Grasmann, and if there is anyone who truly goes his own way, it’s him. Whether it’s in professional cycling or in training young talent one thing is certain, “Grasi” doesn’t ever seem to run out of ideas.

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A SHORT EVOLUTION

Mountain biking shorts have always been one of our main products, which is no coincidence because many of our colleagues at Maloja are avid mountain bikers. As such, when we work to improve these products, the development team is able to use their own experience to influence changes. On top of that, they communicate with the Maloja riders, who are always willing to provide valuable feedback.

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Give Back to the River

Pio Pitsch grew up with the river Rome on one side and a small creek on the other in Val Müstair in Grisons, Switzerland. Maybe it’s because this former carpenter and fishery warden has always felt so connected to water that he’s fully devoted himself to revitalizing our lakes, rivers and seas.

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8bar Crit - Full speed, Have fun, Podium included

Friday evening. The last e-mail sent and after work jumped directly into the car - at 7:00 pm was finally meeting place in Munich - we went (as so often) to Berlin. At the same time at the University of Hamburg. The final preparations for the math course on Monday completed, Marion jumped motivated in the ICE. Finally FEM weekend, finally full speed in the circle again!

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Keeping the tradition

At Maloja we have a soft spot for traditional printing and dyeing techniques. After using Batik (Beyond The Mountains) and Shibori (The Alpan Way) the design team went looking for a new option for the upcoming collection that would help continue the tradition of hand printing.

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Hemp. Natural Diverse Functional

Hemp is one of the oldest utilitarian crops in the world. Its fibres were used to make ropes and sails for Columbus, paper for Gutenberg’s Bible and clothing for humans long before we even had calendars. After the 1950s, hemp sort of slipped into obscurity, but interest has grown steadily in recent years because there is virtually no other natural material that has such a positive ecological balance while still providing such outstanding functional qualities.

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All under one roof – Maloja Pushbikers season 2019

We proudly present: The "Maloja Pushbikers" family is growing. In addition to the track team, a UCI Continental road team will also be starting in 2019 with us as the main sponsor. This will allow you to follow the "Maloja Pushbikers" in the future with classics such as the "Austria Tour" or "Around Cologne"

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Dialas - Summer 2019

From Dialas, to Ganes, to Salige, myths and fables about “Wild Women” are rife throughout the Alps. They live along lakes and rivers, in meadows and forests, in caves and on cliffs, on glaciers and along exposed ridges. They are almost like nature’s good spirits. They protect animals and plants. They help people and offer their wisdom.

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TALES OF OLD TO PRODUCTS OF TODAY

A new year brings a new story. This is how we have been doing it since the start of Maloja back in 2004. Since then fourteen completely different collections have been created from a variety of worldly themes. Season fifteen “Dialas” is just as special and a reason to go into some detail.

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Stay Dry

GORE-TEX with PACLITE technology has taken a seemingly permanent position in the field of functional gear. It’s used whenever reliable protection against wind and weather need to be combined with lightweight and small packing dimensions.

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SOUL OF THE MOUNTAINS 2019

Our team ski touring race Soul Of The Mountains 2019 is history again, but since January 19th we are still reminiscing. It was just a fine day in Ehrwald, with nice people, good mood and many beautiful moments. But see for yourself …

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Out Of Office

Once upon a time there was a man who had a dream: his dream was to combine life and work. In winter to spend as many days as possible, enjoying deep powder followed by heading to the office in his ski pants.

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Developed with our athletes. Made for everyone.

Function is essential to us when we develop new products, the same goes for style.  Maloja designer and developer Niculin Pitsch on product development together with professional athletes.

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Japan. A Winter Journey Part 3

After lunch, we pack our bags and head out on a ski tour around the backside of the volcano. We’ve gotten used to the fact that it is snowing most of the day, every day, so the sight of big puffs of snow from our skis stamping uphill is not a surprise to us. Obviously the sun and some blue sky would make for a great photo, but Hokkaido’s real draw is the vast amount of the world’s finest powder and that snow obviously has to come from somewhere.

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Japan. A Winter Journey Part 2

Our next stop was to the “Nordic Arena” of Otoineppu for cross-country skiing and the lesson learned is: Preparation is an elastic term. Although the groomer prepares the 5-kilometer route once in the morning and at noon, it is snowing all day long, the word dynamic takes on a whole new meaning.

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Japan. A Winter Journey Part 1

It’s a bit contrary to what one might think: If you travel to the land of the rising sun in winter, don’t expect to actually see the sun. On Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island you rarely get a glimpse of the sun, the same can be said about blue skies. White is the dominant colour of the landscape and snow is the reason people from all over the world visit there in winter.

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Round Two

Starting this winter, for the first time we are using exclusively a new stretch material that is made completely from recycled raw materials. Textile engineer and Maloja head of production Sven Köhler tells us the story behind.

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The Leaf Hunt

In mid-October when the days in the Alps become shorter, the sun sits a bit lower and cobwebs float through the air, “Koharu“ (Little Spring), begins in Japan. Also referred to as “Indian Summer“ in Japan, this time is a prelude to a beautiful display of colour. Nature seems to rethink before the approaching winter and shows its beauty in all its splendour on the leaves of trees.

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Cyclists Perspective

How can one be so passionate about something that is physically exhausting? Passion is often impossible for an outsider to understand, but ingrained in the personality of the cyclist. If you have ever talked to someone who has cycled an alpine pass, you will have noticed how his or her eyes light up. Just talking about their experiences builds excitement, as they mentally relive the moments climbing towards the summit.

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Mountain Biking North of The Polar Circle

Lyngenfjord? Have you ever heard of it? If you have it is probably from ski tourers and some probably claim that the ski touring areas are almost always good mountain bike areas.

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Gore-Tex Transalpine Run 2017

Once again there was no turning back. I had just made it out of a trail running slump, found pleasure in biking again and then… The Gore-Tex Transalpine Run 2017 happened. 2 runners making 1 team, 7 days, 4 countries, 267.4 km and 15,556 vertical meters.

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Danger

Daniel Schäfer has been a part of the Maloja family for over 10 years and to share his story with you has been well overdue. After finishing the catalog photo shoot with fellow Malojan’s Bella Chen and Guido Tschugg we had the time to sit down and interview „Danger Dan“.

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Plan B

Initially, our plans were different. We were into telling a story of climbing in our backyard, of reading lines, dreaming of new possibilities and achieving new skills. The story was to take place at the “Irrenhaus” translated as the so-called “madhouse”, which is a climbing area close to Lofer, Austria that had been explored by Markus Bendler and some friends

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Japan. A Journey Part 2

Our trip had an incredibly tight schedule and could be compared to that of an overly motivated tourist. We had to try and see as much as we could; mountain villages, rice fields, temples and a trip to the sea for hiking and mountain biking.

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Japan. A Journey Part 1

Tokyo is loud, it’s colorful and a bustling city, and at least that’s what we had anticipated. The peace and quite we experienced upon our arrival at the airport proved us wrong. Soft hues, carpeting, nobody talking on the phone, everything was running in unison and practically silent.

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Fast Legs

Some legs just want to go fast, hard and uphill. Ski mountaineers have such legs and they fuel the passion for competition and intensify their love for the mountains.

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Cyclo-cross

When the days are getting shorter and the roads slick, the team captain and founder of the maloja Pushbikers Christian „Grasi“ Grasmann has one time or another demonized his job as a cycling professional.

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Boundless Seamless Technology

Seldom has a technique fascinated us as much as seamless technology. The goal is to design a garment with minimal seam usage, that feels like a second skin and that can be worn for running, cycling, yoga or in the gym. Seamless technology has opened up new design perspectives for us.

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Wild Card

To create great photos you need surreal locations and ideal conditions, therefore it’s a good thing to have a wild card. Our wild card is Mr. Müller and if anyone knows where to find powder in November then it’s him.

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Simply. Good.

Everything one needs is there and everything that one could do without is not there. Payments are based on trust and good will, if only everything in life could be so easy as the self-catering lodges of the Norwegian Hiking Association (DNT).

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Birch & Moss

In the morning the wind whistles over the Fjell and shakes our cabin from its sleep. Cross-country skiing on this day? In this weather? Forget about it! Staying in bed under the warm comfort of blankets sounds much nicer.

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Horizons expand

Travel is one of the best ways to expand ones horizons; with the sun upon your face get out on the road and let your inhibitions drift away, explore countries, meet new people and make many friends along the way.

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Lasercutting & Ultrasonic Seams

The ski mountaineering race suit and the maloja Pushbikers road cycling collection were released last year, thus setting the bar high for any new maloja race wear. To further push our benchmarks we were inspired this season to develop the cross-country race suit.

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A new era

In the 1970s a group of young men from the USA who were in Gary Fisher’s inner circle collected old bicycles at the dump, fixed them up and raced across the dirt tracks and trails of their home state California. They were a little crazy, always looking for something new and loved nothing more than riding their bikes, which surmounted to the them unknowingly becoming bicycle pioneers.

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Indigo - Pushbikers Team Design 2017

We could hear the rumors building throughout the bike community. Many were asking what will the Pushbikers come up with next? From the past the community anticipated bizarre and abstract design concepts, yet no one expected the Maloja Pushbikers to present a minimalist design concept.

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Beyond The Mountains - Summer 2017

Is it because we are closer to the limits of the sky, or due to the elemental forces that created the mountains millions of years ago? Possibly it is the feeling of freedom created by the breathtaking views atop of the world. Whatever the reason may be, the power of mountains is forever present. Their power is addictive, contagious and they leave you feeling fulfilled as their energy stretches far beyond the mountains themselves.

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Tie Dye

We set out to create our own Batik (Tie Dye) colors and patterns for the Beyond the Mountains collection and to do so we turned our backyard patio into a color lab. The colors of the 1970‘s sparked our interest and we combined today’s technology through a collaboration of craftsmanship and computers. For all of us it was an exciting and challenging new approach to designing a print pattern.

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Three Passes | Three Regions

A look at the fascination for mountain passes - Monte Grappa | Gotthard Pass | Sella Ronda.

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Gorge de Verdon

The rocks of Verdon are simply the best limestone and for many it’s the perfect rock. A must visit for climbers, you need to have been there to understand, to have touched the wall, climbed the legendary gorge and felt the power emanating from the mountains.

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Tie Dye at Maloja

With 40 people ready to tie-dye we needed the weather to cooperate and we were blessed with a beautiful day to take our crafts outdoors.

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Time travel with friends

Leave your workday behind and take a trip with us to a place where time comes to a stand still. A place away from the crowds and where nature remains untouched. We set off on a short bike-packing trip together with friends and for this reason alone it was already perfect.

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Pushbikers race kit development

Likened to a fine wine a good product, like the new Pushbikers line, takes time to reach maturity. It took three years to develop the new high-end line for road biker, Christian Grasmann, the maloja Pushbikers Team founder and leader, and for the maloja development team to be satisfied. The result is an eight-piece line, which is nothing short of remarkable.

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ISPO MUNICH 2017

Four intense days at the world's biggest sports fair are behind us. Days, which once again showed us how nice it is to get together - and the importance of personal talks.

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Chiemgau Team Trophy 2017

Beginning of this year we took part at the Chiemgau Team Trophy for the third time already. 555 participants had made their way to Inzell to run or skate the 45 km to Reit im Winkl in fantastic weather. Even if only 475 arrived the finish line, the enthusiasm for the event and cross-country skiing was noticeable everywhere. To be on the track with so many like-minded people is simply always nice.

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Beyond The Mountains - Winter 2017/18

Is it because we are closer to the limits of the sky, or due to the elemental forces that created the mountains millions of years ago? Possibly it is the feeling of freedom created by the breathtaking views atop of the world. Whatever the reason may be, the power of mountains is forever present. Their power is addictive, contagious and they leave you feeling fulfilled as their energy stretches far beyond the mountains themselves.

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LES TEMPS CHANGENT. TIMES ARE CHANGING.

Back when Viktor Sedlacek founded the Grande Hotel de l’Europe more than a hundred years ago, he would not have been able to imagine the following: Tom Oehler, trialbike legend, elegantly jumping over the reception front desk while having his photo taken by photographer Armin Walcher working with a Leica medium format camera. Obviously, times are changing.

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Tour de Eurobike

So, there we have it! Wasted, but happy and intact after our arrival at our final destination from our "Tour de Eurobike" road trip. All in all it was truly everything more than one could imagine from such a trip, nothing short of the full monty, "Joy and pain. Sunshine and rain."

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